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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:39 PM
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McCain: Having someone hand him a salt shaker is BAD luck. Carries 31 cents in change for GOOD luck.
Superstition aint the way
By: Steve Benen on Friday, June 27th, 2008 at 10:00 AM - PDT

Ive heard a lot about how superstitious John McCain is, but Im a little surprised that hed tell the building that houses his campaign offices to redo their elevator labels like this. (via Mark Kleiman)

For the lowdown on McCains economic plan, we turn to Doug Holtz-Eakin, the bearded, balding former director of the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, now McCains chief economic advisor. We meet at campaign headquarters in Arlington, Va., in a conference room on the M floor M for McCain. (M is one above 12. The whole floor was renamed and relabeled by the campaign, right down to the buttons on the elevators. McCain is superstitious, his spokeswoman explained; its a fighter-pilot thing. But isnt M the 13th letter in the ? Never mind.)

http://www.crooksandliars.com/2008/06/27/superstition-a... /

Im not sure if its a fighter-pilot thing, so much as its a bizarre thing.

Consider what weve learned about McCains superstitions:

* McCain believes its bad luck for someone to hand him a salt shaker.

* McCain believes its bad luck to throw a hat onto a bed.

* McCain regularly carries 31 cents in lucky change in his pocket.

* McCain carries a lucky feather, a lucky compass, a lucky penny, a lucky nickel, a lucky quarter, and a laminated four-leaf clover.

* McCain believes its bad luck to pick up a coin if it isnt heads up.

* McCains been known to have an aide carry his lucky pen at all times.

And now hes having the elevator labels changed in his campaigns building. I have no idea how the typical person responds to this, but I find it kind of odd.
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HCE SuiGeneris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:40 PM
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1. I don't know if I'm typical, but
McInsane is a whack job.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:43 PM
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2. Having had no superstitions ever I find it odd someone who does
pResident superstitious mcCain
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Crooked Moon Donating Member (278 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:45 PM
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4. sen obama does as well...
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wuushew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:04 PM
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8. like what?
Supposedly Obama has been known to carry a bracelet belonging to an American solider in Iraq. Whether superstitious or not(more likely) such a custom has obvious PR value.


How is that similar to what McCain does? Is McCain carrying around pennies to court the copper/zinc industries or undecided swing voters in Illinois? :shrug:

McCain is simply batshit insane.
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Crooked Moon Donating Member (278 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:23 PM
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12. here:
"Amongst the things that Barack Obama carries for good luck are a bracelet belonging to a soldier deployed in Iraq, a gamblers lucky chit, a tiny monkey god and a tiny Madonna and child."



http://www.time.com/time/politics/whitehouse/photos/0,2...
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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:05 PM
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9. Yeah, Obama's big superstition is to always play basketball the morning of an election
:crazy:
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:44 PM
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3. Gosh, what would happen if someone snuck up behind him and yelled "BOO" really loud?
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anigbrowl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:45 PM
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5. Sounds like borderline OCD
Not someone I want with their finger on the button. I think this is fair game to exploit. Most people have some sort of good luck charm even if it's just something that makes them feel comfortable for no special reason - I have a marble in my coat pocket that I just picked up once at random and I've just gotten used to fiddling with it when I'm out for a walk. But Mccain's little habits seem half-way pathological.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:02 PM
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7. I was thinking the same thing.
I haven't been superstitious all my life, though when I was a kid I played at it because it was silly. But when I was in a hugely stressful state some years ago, with financial problems, divorce, relocations, and potential legal problems, I kind of went over the edge and found myself counting steps and obsessive about not stepping on cracks - I think it was that my life was out of control and a degree of OCD created the semblance of control. I knew I was very unstable then.

Dependence on superstition to provide control in your life is a really bad sign of instability.
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Schema Thing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 12:57 PM
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6. If he gets elected, I'm moving
The country (and probably the earth) cannot survive two mystical thinkers at the helm in a row.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:09 PM
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10. Hey, John! Catch!
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:14 PM
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11. Sheez.. How embarrassing to admit all that ..
But it explains his flipflops.. He must use this for his decisions on policies..

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papapi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:31 PM
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13. McCain - has a brain but never learned how to use it.
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jakem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-27-08 01:37 PM
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14. 31 CENTS! CHANGE YOU CAN BELIEVE IN!!!
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